In the south feeding each other is so deeply ingrained in our culture that we can’t imagine a guest coming through the door without giving them something to eat, at least a nut or two. I love this custom because food nurtures the much needed, desperately neglected, human connection.
Something magical happens when you break bread together, an immediate bond is formed. Whether it is your family seated around the dinner table awaiting something warm and nutritious from the oven or a shared breakfast pastry with a coworker. When you stop for a moment to nourish your body, take a breath and feed your spirit by connecting to the people around you.
Carve out some time to create mini connections by baking up a batch or two of my unbelievably simple, incredibly yummy muffins. I have two offerings, moist and flavorful Pumpkin Walnut or decadent Double Chocolate. Both start with a boxed cake mix and with a few additional ingredients you will have dozens of delicious muffins to grace your table, share with the next door neighbor, a coworker or lovely friend.
As we head into fall, spice up your life by cooking something delicious for the ones you love.
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1 boxed yellow cake mix
1 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
¼ cup melted butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Fill muffin tins using a kitchen scoop. Bake for 22-28 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Yields 24 muffins
1 boxed chocolate cake mix
2 cups prepared chocolate pudding; I used Jell-O cook and serve
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon extra dark coco
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners. Mix all ingredients in a bowl just until combined. Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 19 minutes. Yields 20 muffins
Story by Lorie Fangio